My first blogging crisis – what next for Scyfilove?

FOR two and a half years and 400 posts, I’ve blogged on science fiction on Scyfilove.

First on Blogger, then a bit better on Blogger, and then WordPress (with my snazzy theme) I’ve said my piece on anything that caught my eye, and it’s been fun.

In return people have read my words in ever greater numbers, with page views and visits well into the thousands now, for which I will always be grateful.

I even organised a science fiction pub crawl.

But earlier this summer my blogging time dropped to virtually zero. Now I have been away for so long, I’m finding it hard to get back, which has left me scratching my head about what to do next.

I’m laying out my thoughts here to get an idea.

First of all, my boss left at work which means I’ve been promoted, at least temporarily, into a fantastic online job, involving and demanding but rewarding too.

For my blogging , what it means is I have also lost count of the amount of times I’ve seen something and thought I’ll blog on that, only for my new responsibilities to mean I only get to it hours later, by which time everyone and his dog has got there first or I don’t feel like writing anything.

I think this will change as time goes on, but for now, work is taking a lot of my energy and focus (not that it didn’t beforehand, anyone from work reading this! It was just different. Please don’t sack me).

Secondly when I started the blog ages ago, it was just for a laugh. I liked sci-fi and my mate Alison suggested blogging about it, so I did.

Time went on and I learned an awful lot about blogging and blogs, and kicked it up a notch by paying for server space on WordPress – the whole nine yards.

I was still blogging for fun, just more seriously (if that makes sense) and applying a lot of what I learned in my day job, but part of me wondered if writing Scyfilove might open an extra door or two.

It did – I’ve chatted to Robert Englund, Duncan Jones and loads more, and made some great friends. I even got to appear in Doctor Who Confidential (kind of).

But, at the back of my mind, I suppose I always hoped it would lead to something more, maybe even writing for a magazine like SFX or SciFiNow. Unrealistic? Well, I’m an experienced journalist who has a lot of new media skills under his belt too, so it’s not out of the question.

Two years on and I’m still waiting for the call though – or even an opportunity to write a review – so I’m kind of coming to the conclusion it’s not going to happen or I don’t know how to make it happen, and that has sapped some of my motivation to sit down and write a blog post.

That has left me wondering – as I sit before an empty blog screen – how do I shake off this malaise and what do I want to do next?

I still haven’t figured that out, although this is the first proper blog post I’ve written for a while so I guess that is a good start.

Any ideas? (apart from kicking myself up the arse?)

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10 thoughts on “My first blogging crisis – what next for Scyfilove?

  • I thought you stopped blogging because Dr Who went off the telly!

    I’ve just checked back for the first time in weeks and I’m happy to see you putting some decent posts in again.

    How about a few scfi book reviews? I know you creep the B.O section of Waterstones.

    Then we can disagree on line as well as in RL and everyone’s a winner.

  • Hey no words of wisdom really, I will have been blogging for 4 years in October and went from blogging daily to erm every now and again. I still enjoy it, but just don’t have the time or headspace to write the things I want to write. When I eventually get round to writing something, I remember why I love it.

    I hope you keep writing this!

  • Start a loose series, along the lines of semi-reviews of books, films or comics under a, er, loose theme.

    ten sci-fi books/films you’ve never read/seen; revisiting old ones from your childhood; trying to locate old books or comics. that way you’re generating content from simply enjoying your leisure time.

    or do some guest blogs/blog exchanges.

    I branched into into about 40 different blogs – that way I could write about stuff that was interesting me on any given day. Then again, I could write about a punch in the face. And probably will one day.

  • Thanks for your comments guys.

    Stuart, I think I’ll stick to SFL for now and try to get my mojo back that way. I will try to avoid the madness too!

    Gill, little and often is right, with some longer posts when I can. I got hung up about not being able to blog ‘properly’, but what does that even mean? I started SFL to share cool stuff with like minded people and can still do that in a couple of minutes. War and peace can wait!

    And Rach, just writing that post today helped me feel like blogging again. Kind of like getting back on the bike, albeit a zero-gravity bike with rocket engines.

    So after several weeks, I’m giving it a go again. Let’s see what happens.

    • Re: Little and often

      Remember that blogging started as people sharing lists of links – a few moments’ work at best.

      Somehow people have got the idea that “proper” blogging is long, written articles. Nonsense. “Proper” blogging is whatever you feel most comfortable doing. The moment you find yourself thinking “is this the right way to blog?” you’re doin’ it wrong. 😉

  • Blogging is something your have to really want to do. Forcing yourself doesn’t work, as I’ve found out and always leads to madness/poor quality writing.

    So I’d suggest two things:

    Start a different blog with a wider scope.

    Start a different blog with a much narrower scope.

    The former means you don’t feel constrained to keep you topics into a narrow area. It’s all about you which means that the subjects can vary with your mood.

    The latter means that your forcing your inspiration to go into a much smaller, compact area. It also means you can find a niche. Is there are topic which interests only you?

    Additionally, SF magazines only seem to hire from a formal application process or if you know someone who knows someone. Have you tried sending them some of your stuff?

  • Little and often? I write a little blogette about VW camper vans (just cos we’ve got one!) and as I’m now working away from home during the week, I can’t get to the site as often as before, but I still like to give it a go, even if it’s just a paragraph. I was hoping to see your comments on the decision to split Dr Who into two transmissions (spring and autumn) next year, so it would be a shame if you didn’t carry on with Scyfi Love…

  • Take a hiatus if you need to, we all need a break from the ‘god, I really need to write on my blog soon’ feeling in the back of our heads!

    As for writing for SFX et al, it’s surprisingly easy. All you need to do is to think of an idea that you think they’ll really like, and pitch it to them. The hard part is finding their email addresses sometimes, but they’re always there somewhere. As for pitching an idea, I know this is an expample of a video games pitch, but I find it useful.


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